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Can Tho

Can Tho

 Area:                 1,409  sq.km

 Population:     1.237 million

 Language:       Vietnamese

 Currency:         VND

Can Tho city is large, modern and most developed in the Mekong Delta, as well as a centrally City since 2004, is located on the right bank of the Hau River, located in the Mekong River delta. This is the 4th largest city in 5 cities under central Vietnam. June 24, 2009, Can Tho City officially the Prime Minister's decision to recognize the grade 1 of Vietnam.
Can Tho Overview
Can Tho City is located in the center of the Mekong Delta. It is contiguous to 5 provinces: An Giang on the north, Dong Thap on the north-east, Hau Giang on the south, Kien Giang on the west, and Vinh Long on the east. With its strength, Can Tho is well known as a must see destination in Vietnam cruise tours through Mekong Delta.

Can Tho has a complex of rivers and canals such as Hau, and Can Tho rivers, Thot Not, and O Mon canals, but the Hau River is considered a benefactor of this region Since yearly floods deposit large quantities of alluvia to the rice fields, Can Tho becomes "the green lungs of the Mekong Delta"
Can Tho History
In 1680, Mac Cuu (1655 - 1735) with his company traveled from Guangdong, China to Ha Tien by boat and settled there for land reclamation.
 
Tran Giang (first name of Can Tho) was discovered by Nguyen Cu Trinh (1716 - 1767), a legate under Lord Vo Vuong Nguyen Xuan Khoat who came and worked with Mac Thien Tich (1718 - 1780), Mac
Cuu's son.
 
On 01 January 1868, South Vietnam governor decided to merge Phong Phu county (Tran Giang - Can Tho) and Bai Sao (Soc Trang) and formed one district with the head office in Sa Dec.
 
On 30 April 1872, the governor decided to merge Phong Phu and Bac Trang, then establish one county with the head office in Tra On. And one year later, Head office Tra On was removed to Cai Rang (Can Tho).
 
On 23 February 1876, Sai Gon governor gave a decision to merge Phong Phu with a part of
An Xuyen and Tan Thanh to Can Tho. Since then, Can Tho came into the map of Vietnam.
 
In December 1991, the Assembly of Socialist Republic of Vietnam announced a decree to split Hau Giang province into two provinces Can Tho and Soc Trang. So, in early 1992, Can Tho came back to its hundred-years-old name.
Can Tho climate and best time to visit
The climate is harmonized with few of storms. It is hot and humid all year. The rainy season lasts from May to November, and dry season lasts from December to April. The annual average temperature is 27ºC.

The best time to visit Can Tho is in the dry season because if you travel during the rainy season, many tours will be cancel because of a flood.


 
Can Tho Transportation
Can Tho is 34km from Vinh Long, 62km from Long Xuyen, 63km from Soc Trang, 104km from My Tho, 116km from Rach Gia, 117km from Chau Doc, 169km from Ho Chi Minh City and 179km from Ca Mau.
 
Road
Can Tho has National Highway No.1A, 91, 80 linking to
An Giang and Kien Giang provinces.
 
Waterway
Can Tho has Cai Cui international seaport, and this city is the
center of waterway network of Mekong Delta. There are daily hydrofoils between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho City.
 
Airline
There is Tra Noc Airport, and there is both flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Da
Nang, and Hanoi to Can Tho every week.
Things to do and see in Can Tho
Long Tuyen Village
Located in the southwest part of Can Tho River, the village used to be a subdivision of Luc Ap before Can Tho Province was incorporated, then it became Binh Hung village during the reign of Thieu
Tri King (a king of Nguyễn Dynasty).
 
In 1852, following the arrival of Huynh Man Dat, a province chief who escaped from danger to this site, this village was renamed Binh Thuy.
 
Ninh Kieu Pier
Can Tho City lie along one of the biggest rivers in Mekong Delta – Hau river. To have the whole view of this river, travelers should spend some time at Ninh Kieu dock which is the symbol of Can Tho city
 
Can Tho floating Marketing
Can Tho province is the most popular of the Mekong Delta destinations, which is the rice basket of Vietnam. Can Tho City is in the heart of the Mekong as it is a main sources country’s sustenance and is a potential landscape service for tourists.
 
The main reason visitors come to Can Tho is to tour the nearby floating markets. Floating markets have existed for a long time in the region. With these are highly recommended, the markets on the water are well-known to make the most of the experience in the countryside. The article mentions to what insiders say about Can Tho floating markets.
 
Can Tho Tourist Gardens.
 It is located on every land and water route in Can Tho. The gardens are a rich collection of fruit trees, flowers and diverse species of birds, fishes.
 
Ong Pagoda
Ong Pagoda is home to organize cultural and religious activities of the Chinese in Can Tho. Over 100 years of existence, it is one of the rare pagodas in Can Tho almost intact retaining the architecture as its origin, which attracts numerous tourists.
 
Tay Do Night Market
 It is not only going shopping souvenirs but also having a chance to explore the cultural beauty of the locals here. The night market is one of the unique cultural highlights of Can Tho tourism strongly attracting tourists. Far about 1km from Can Tho city to the west of Hau River, Tay Do Night Market is situated inside Can Tho International Exhibition. This is the major trading centers of the southern provinces and also one of the amusement parks and appealing tourist attractions in Can Tho.
 
My Khanh Tourist Village
My Khanh Tourist Village is one of the alluring eco-tourism attractions in Can Tho city. With an area of over 50,000m2, My Khanh is situated between Cai Rang floating market and Phong Dien floating market. It is a credibly unique and attractive tourist area, which meets the need of entertainment and relaxation of tourists both at home and abroad.
 
Tourists can easily go to My Khanh Tourist Village by road or waterway through Cai Rang floating market. Here, tourists can comfortably go sightseeing, feel the fresh atmosphere while taking a stroll under the cool shade of trees with the "genuine" rural house hiding under the green canopy.
 
Xuan Khanh Quarter
The Xuan Khanh quarter is the geological center of the city and part of the Ninh Kieu district. In the 18th century, the quarter was originally named Tham Tướng after the general Tham Tướng who fought the Siamese troops in 1772 that were advancing from Ha Tien. As with so many places, the name of the area was changed after the Vietnamese war to reflect the ideology of the new regime in power.
 
Cai Khe Market
Cái Khế Commercial Center is a big market on Trần Văn Khéo street catering for businesses including restaurants and hotels as well as end consumers. The market stretches over two sides of the street, with the area facing the river offering products for daily use, fish, and other fresh food products that arrive on the river. On the other side of the market, you will find many wholesalers for textiles and home products.
 
 
Can Tho Travel Tips
You should bring along a camera, hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and keep your camera in a plastic bag when it is not in use as it is easy to get splashed by the wake of motorized boats.
 
The floating markets of Can Tho, Cai Rang and Phong Dien floating market, are all has long time reputation for its many local products especially tropical fruits like pomelo, longan, jackfruit, mango, durian, and some of which you might have never seen before.

There are small boats offering all kinds of snacks and local soups from which you can get your early breakfast. Other than that, try to taste many kinds of cake and noodles that are also famous here such as “Banh Cong”, and “Nem Nuong”.
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